Our Current Project

To bring the Charters of Freedom Replica to Lake County!

Founders 55 is a group of abundant leaders who desire to have an abundant impact on the world. They pursue that promote a 10X mindset and pursue leadership in homes, communities and the world. Founders 55 is excited to be working with Foundation Forward on an initiative to bring the Charters of Freedom to our hometown, Libertyville. Everyone can play an integral part in this endeavor!

The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights comprises our Charters of Freedom. These documents are housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The National Archives are open to the public, but not everyone is able to travel to Washington D.C. to see these historical documents which are foundational in our rich heritage. It is our honor to be able to give individuals the privilege to visit and experience the Charters of Freedom in their own community. This will not only be an educational project, but it will allow for many memorable experiences. We envision Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day celebrations to center around the Charters of Freedom. Local schools can take field trips to the monument and discuss the history along with many key figures that were involved in the actual penning of the documents.

Some of the basic premises of these documents are:

  • We are governed by a democratic process
  • We are an independent people
  • We are secure in our freedom and rights as citizens of the US

Another exciting aspect of this project is you can play a key part in enabling it to come to fruition. Some of the ways this can be done are:

  • Financial Donations
  • Spreading the Word
  • Planning outings with your class or family to visit the monument
  • Exploring ways you can make this a yearly tradition

Our history is so very important and as Marcus Garvey wrote “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” We are the only country that embraces this rich heritage that allows us freedom to call this our home and dream the American dream. Many around the world look to our country and the freedoms we offer. Let us celebrate the reason this is true and remember our history so it may leave a legacy that is passed on for generations to come.

If you have questions about The Charters of Freedom or would like to be involved in any way, please feel free to contact Jordan Bradford or Stephanie Walsh at 847-680-9050.

  • Declaration of Independence
    • Primarily penned by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 & June 28 of 1776
    • All 13 Colonies signed the parchment document on July 2, 1776
    • Finalized and approved on July 9, 1776
  • The United States Constitution
    • Approved on August 6, 1787
    • After ratification of the first ten amendments, known as our Bill of Rights, the final draft of The Constitution was ratified on September 17, 1787
    • The demand for a bill of rights was called for during the process of ratification of The Constitution.
  • The Bill of Rights came about to defend individual liberties from the possibility of an oppressive government.
    • James Madison worked to put 17 amendments through the House.
    • The 17 amendments were reduced t
    • 12 by the Senate.
    • 10 of the 12 amendments were approved on December 15, 1791 and were added t
    • The Constitution.
    • These first 10 amendments are called the Bill of Rights.